Local Media Outlets
Mark Bertolet, 412-350-3439 (office) 412-592-1851 (cell)
Elaine Plunkett, 412-350-6897 (office) 412-287-3260 (cell)
National Media Outlets
Karen Blumen 412-350-5707 (office)
Right-to-Know (RTK) Requests
RTK Inquiries related to DHS are handled by the Allegheny County Executive Branch Open Records Officer. Scroll to the "Executive Branch Open Records Officer" contact information for details.
Offices and Bureaus of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Official names of the Offices and Bureaus that comprise DHS and the individuals who oversee them.
DHS Organizational Chart
Current and archived DHS-issued press releases
Current and archived issues of the DHS monthly staff newsletter.
DHS-produced research products related to the activities of DHS.
This content is a selection of information deemed of particular interest to members of the media. All of it and more is available on the DHS website.
Allegheny County Community Profiles
Key census data about the neighborhoods that comprise Allegheny County as well as information about what DHS services are available to residents.
A high-level accounting of the current and projected DHS budget.
DHS/Community Resources to Support County Residents
A categorized list of links and phone numbers related to information about human services in Allegheny County.
DHS-contracted agencies serving individuals and families
Based on the data contained in the DHS Master Provider Enterprise Repository (MPER). Updated twice per year.
DHS funding sources
A list of the funding streams that allow DHS to provide more than 1,500 discrete services to benefit more than 200,000 individuals every year.
DHS office profiles
Current background information for DHS and the DHS offices.
DHS receives national recognition
Select examples of recognition DHS has received due to its reputation as a national model for human services providers.
Directions to the Human Services Building from points north, south, east and west.
Overview of Key CYF Philosophies, Practices and Procedures
Clear descriptions of child welfare operations in Allegheny County.
covering children & trauma - a guide for journalism professionals
Provides suggestions to help journalists produce more thoughtful coverage when the suffering of children becomes news. Produced by the DART Center, a resource for journalist who cover violence.
Guide for Media – Ten Recommendations for Journalists Interviewing Young People in Foster Care
Provides a set of guidelines for journalists to follow to protect the interests and well-being of young people in foster care who agree to tell their stories in the public arena. Produced by Foster Club, the national network for young people in foster care.
Style Guide for Media - Reporting on Mental Health
This style guide notes ways in which newsrooms can present a more accurate picture of mental illness. It may be useful to consult it along with the Associated Press Stylebook when reporting a story that touches on mental health issues.
Journalism Center on Children and Families
Provides guidance for reporters whose profession requires that they cover compelx family situations.
Working with Families – Working with the Media
Provides non-profit and government agencies eight guidelines to help them conduct and present interviews with consumers, that convey a strong message, while adhering to the rights of the individual. Produced by Communications Consortium Media Center, 2005.